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as the returns come in, we will bring you the latest. could be a long night. >> straight from the big dogs in the new election set. looks great. >> exactly. we may not be on the air tomorrow night. still working that out. don't see us, don't worry. special coverage tomorrow. we may be on, may not. we'll see you at some point tomorrow. >> the results will dictate that. >> indeed. now, the story that no one in the region worst affected by sandy wants to here. a classic nor'easter driving north with the storm zone its sight. >> so far no evacuations have been ordered burke that could change. for the forecast, we're joined by meteorologist jim dickey. good morning, jim. good morning. tracking the threat for a nor'easter here. it could arrive on the eastern seaboard wednesday. monday evening, thunderstorms in the gulf coast. hail, thunderstorms rolled across louisiana into texas. eastward.
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early morning hours. here today the story of low pressure will get its act together as it tracks through northern florida. steady rain, southeast. heavy thunderstorms. along coastal new england, northeast mid-atlantic coast. some coastal flooding especially at high tide. england snow. strong gusty winds. rob and paula, back to you. >> definitely not what a lot of folks out here want to hear. adding insult to injury, more steps forward in the recovery from sandy. world trade center memorial site reopened. damage from the storm taken care of. >> the federal government is making millions available to those who lost their homes. and usda sending food to the hard hit region. and we're wrapping up our day of giving and disney and the results have been widely successful. with the help of the viewers, we've raised more than $12 million for sandy relief. >> great. $3 million match from samsung.
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of course, all the money going to the reds who who's done so much to help out. thank you to everyone that took time. we have . coming up, we have much more coverage of this very important day in america. >> next up, the tables turn. more reports of voter intimidation at the polls. this time targeting republicans. you are watching "world news now." ♪ rock my soul ♪ new pink lemonade 5-hour energy? 5-hour energy supports the avon foundation for women breast cancer crusade. so i can get the energized feeling i need and support a great cause? i'm sold. pink lemonade 5-hour energy? yeah and a portion of every sale goes to the avon foundation for women breast cancer crusade.
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♪ ♪ >> welcome back, everyone. yesterday we told you about welcome back, everyone. yesterday we told you about democrats crying foul, accusing a group with the tea party of voter suppression. people are anxious on beth side about every vote. >> watchdog groups will be out in full force today monitoring your vote. abc's pierre thomas reports. >> reporter: travis horn of tampa, florida, is angry. >> you served in the military, try to be a good citizen. and to get the letter it is n suiting.
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>> reporter: horn was one of republicans of 28 counties in florida who got the letter in the mail, questioning whether they were citizens. cheryl calvert got one too. >> it says there's a question on your eligibility to vote and if you don't provide certification or dock membershipation in 15 days, you will be thrown off the rolls. >> reporter: the letter warned that voter fraud is a felony. the fbi launch aid voter intimidation investigation into a political dirty trick. in ohio and wisconsin, billboards like these started popping up in mainly minority communities. warning voter fraud is a felony. >> this billboard is a symbol of unadulterated voter suppression to target an african-american community. >> reporter: after the controversy exploded, the billboards came down, but the tensions remain. as the election approaches, the most likely legal battles will include access to the polls. of sunday florida voters became
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outraged when the polls were temporarily closed after they stood in line for hours. pierre thomas, abc news, new york. >> we want to tell you what measures you can take to make sure your vote won't be called into question. >> let's take a listen to what abc's political contributor donna brazile had to say about this. >> remind every citizen they have the right to vote. standing in line as polls close. they may cast their ballot. bring voter registration card, i.d. if you have a utility bill, current utility bill, please bring that as well. >> that's a great advice. can't argue with that. >> we will be right back. >> you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after
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sharon osbourne has never been shy about sharing the struggles of her life. this time it is no different.
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>> she has gone through a 13 hour double mastectomy for preventative reasons. and now linsey davis reports she is telling the world about the procedure. >> she was there for her son when he announced his battle with ms. >> he's great. he's doing really, really good. and i want to thank everyone for all of their good will. >> but now it's sharon osborne's turn to lean on her family, revealing to "hello" magazine after discovering she had the gene for breast cancer, she made a life-changing decision. quote, as soon as i found out i had the breast cancer gene, i thought the odds are not in my favor. i have had cancer before and i didn't want to live under that cloud. i decided to just take everything off and had a double mastectomy.
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ten years ago, osbourne beat colon cancer, an emotional battle she shared with barbara walters. >> were you afraid when you got the diagnosis that you were going to die? >> you are frightened. the first thing was fear. my stock whack was like in knots. i couldn't breathe. i was hysterical. and the first thing you think of, my god, my kids. my kids. this can't be happening to me. >> reporter: now cancer-free and a new grandmother, osbourne says for me it wasn't a big decision it was a no-brainer. i didn't want to live the rest of my life with the shadow hanging over me. i want to be around for a long time. >> you know how much we love your mother. [ applause ] >> reporter: and at age 60, she is focusing on the future. it's not pity me, she says. it's a decision i made that got rid of the weight i was carrying around. i just wanted to be able to live my life without fear all the time. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> she had cancer gene. doesn't mean she will develop it. a double mastectomy can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer by 90%.
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♪ let yourself be free ♪ freedom ♪ freedom ♪ freedom ♪ freedom sing it! >> that will get your blood going, a little aretha frank lynn on tuesday election day. >> no shortage of people with opinions, which candidate is better. log on to your facebook page. pitting friend against friend and neighbor and whole lot of neighbors. and neighborhood at odds at well. >> gets nasty. amy robach found a community in virginia facing off like a lot of us, but the difference here is they all still seem to get along. >> reporter: ryson drive is a street where neighbors share hugs, bake cookies for one another, and have friendly conversations, but they're
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sharply divided on one major issue who to vote for. there is sandra buckman for romney and kathleen for obama. it all started here when stephanie decided to put up her barack obama sign supporting the president. while her neighbors then countered, putting up signs of their own supporting romney/ryan, starting a bit of a sign war here in this neighborhood, and yet remarkably all of the neighbors here remain friendly. >> we all have the same families, we want a safe country, we want to work. >> reporter: they don't see eye to eye on how to get there. >> we need to be able to disagree about positions and vote for whomever we want to and not take it personally. and that -- >> and that's where i really get mad with obama. he didn't cross the aisle. >> reporter: in the era of political instability, the neighbors on the drive have advice for washington. >> i think they need to see the humanity in the others, and i
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think they need to focus on that instead of the politics >> should they start baking cookies for each other? >> i evangelize with cookies. >> reporter: food for thought. amy robach, maclean. >> a battleground street in a battleground state. disagree without being disagreeable. >> send us some of the cookies. that is it for this half hour. but we do want to remind you to do the most important thing that you can do today. >> go vote! >> that's right. >> you're watching "world news now." ♪
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this morning on "world news now" -- we, the people, decide today who will spend the next four years in the white house. >> after record early voting this campaign season, it all comes down to the voters who head to the polls today. it is tuesday, election day, finally it's november 6th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good election day morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and we're probably going to say good day after the election tomorrow and two days because this could drag out for a little bit. >> yes, it can. >> and i'm paula faris. this is it today as "your voice, your vote," as america elects a president. this half-hour, a look at the all-important battle for the buckeye state. why ohio is so close and so crucial. >> and already some legal issues
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bubbling to the surface in the state as well. people keeping a very close eye on the state for a lot of reasons. >> right. >> on top of that, the key role, the candidates' wives have played all these long, exhausts months on the campaign trail. a look at first lady michelle obama and ann romney, who hopes to call 1600 pennsylvania avenue home soon enough. she was at a rally in virginia yesterday. they gave a line along the lines of, are we going to be neighbors soon, and the crowd loved that. a cool line. it is d-day. first, president obama will spend this election day in chicago where he will watch the returns come in tonight. >> but before heading home he held one last campaign rally in iowa, the state that started it all for him four years ago. with his voice hoarse, appearing to wipe a tear from his eye, the president told a crowd of 20,000 in des moines that real progress has been made over the last four years, but there is more work to do. meanwhile, mitt romney wrapped up his final rally of
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the day before a crowd of 12,000 in manchester, new hampshire, unexpected battleground state. a sentimental journey since romney kicked off the campaign in the state and has been back almost 25 times this year. that's a lot of time and money for four electoral votes, but they're going for everybody. and we're going to hear from the candidates as we recap their closing arguments, but first we have said this all along for weeks and it's still true, as voters head to the polls today. ohio is the battleground of all battleground states. >> collectively the candidates had been there 83 times. >> ohio must be so weary. at this point. >> 2 million voters in the buckeye state have cast ballots. and as abc's ron claiborne reports, there's absolutely no guarantee that we're going to know the winner of ohio tonight. >> reporter: there were long lines on this final day of early voting. >> i just wanted to vote so much. >> reporter: in all an estimated 1.7 million people, about 30% of the expected turnout, will have
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cast their ballots in ohio before election day. but election day itself may not be the final word in this key battleground state. the outcome in ohio and just maybe the outcome of the presidential election might not be known for weeks. >> hello, ohio! >> reporter: both campaigns insist the scenario is a very long shot but could happen if the vote here is close enough. here's why. in this state, voters who apply for absentee ballots but show up at the polls or those who show up without proper identification have to cast what are called provisional ballots. provisional ballots and absentee ballots that arrive after election day in the mail cannot by law be counted until november 17th. >> if it's an extremely close race and there are that many outstanding ballots, it's possible that this race would not be decided until ten days after. >> reporter: and if that result is a quarter of one percent or
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less, 14 thousand votes, that trigers an automatic recount that doesn't begin until all are recounted. remember 2000? and that long recount nightmare. could ohio and the provisional ballots be in effect the hanging chad of 2012? >> it could be. the difference would be provisional ballots are nothing improper with the way the system is run just how it is supposed to work. just could happen if it is that close though. >> reporter: and if the presidency ends up riding on the outcome in ohio, certainly there will be legal challenges by both sides, which could push resolution of the result here well into december. a long shot, but not impossible. ron claiborne, abc news, columbus, ohio. nightmare scenario, ron. all right, thank you. well, 2012 presidential election already made history with a record number of early voters. about 46 million americans, more than one out of every three voters, cast an early ballot this year. our latest polling shows president obama has a narrow three-point lead among those who voted before today.
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and, of course, there are also 33 senate races to be decided today in addition to the presidential race. among the highest profile races, the one in massachusetts between democrat elizabeth warren and incumbent scott brown, two former governors are facing off in virginia. a democrat, tim kaine, taking on republican george allen. in missouri, claire mccaskill faces republican todd akin. the race, remember, gained national attention after akin's comments about rape and pregnancy. on top of that, several hot button social issues on the ballot for voters to decide. gay marriage is on the ballot in four states. maryland, maine, washington, and minnesota. immigration questions will be answered in several states as well including montana and maryland. and, the potential legalization of marijuana will be decided in six states.
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those issues have not gotten too much attention, a lot more on the president, and control of congress. most expect no matter who wins, congress will be divided. democrats expected to maintain the senate. republicans in the house. whoever becomes the president will have a divided congress to face. >> there have been many predictions everything could virtually stay the same. which would mean we have spent $6 billion to stay the same. >> status quo. >> the facebook question for this election day, november 6th. >> we want to know when did you decide whom you're voting for? and do the final days of the campaign change your decision? just look onto wnnfans.com, weigh in, and let us know what's on your mind. >> and, of course, stay with abc news on air and online throughout the day. >> diane sawyer and george stephanopoulos will be in our times square election headquarters, beautiful set they built down there. our political team will be out in force. as the returns come in, of course, we will bring you the very latest. again, the plan is to kick it
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off at 7:00 p.m. eastern after the evening news, go until 2:00 a.m. that is all depending on the news what is going on. and 24 hours from right now. >> you may or may not see us. we may look a little like diane sawyer and george stephanopoulos tomorrow night at this time. >> i wish we had their contracts. now here's a look at the election day weather. storms will move into coastal florida, georgia, and the carolinas by afternoon. it will be dry in the northeast with increasing clouds around dinnertime. of course, all eyes on the nor'easter that could potentially hit tomorrow. showers through seattle and portland. >> such a good weatherman, rob. los angeles cools down after record-setting heat yesterday. new york city, baltimore, 15 degrees colder than usual. honolulu and phoenix in the mid to upper 80s. and in the aftermath of sandy, the issue of long-term housing for victims has fast become the top priority. in very few places is it more evident than in the hard-hit community of rockaway beach, queens. look at this, a helicopter flight over that neighborhood
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yesterday showed just how widespread that destruction truly is. it's heartbreaking. and the randomness of the damage is truly remarkable. >> reporter: you can see what was once a kitchen, and if you look inside those kitchen cabinets, all the plates and cups stacked up as if nothing happened here. it looks like this picture can't be real. and that's what strikes you when you look at these pictures. you look at them and say this couldn't possibly be real. >> yeah. more than 1.3 million homes and businesses across the storm zone still without power. now a full week after the storm hit, sandy is being blamed for 106 deaths in the u.s. now we have cold temperatures, plunging. we have folks on our own staff living in their homes without power. so they're just surviving now with blankets and trying to, you know, gather around one another to keep warm.
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>> dr. besser released tips if you think you are at risk for hypothermia. a genuine risk, particularly, if things can get holder. the best advice, if you can get to a warm shelter. do that. a hotel room if you can afford one. multiple layers of clothes. wear a hat. some of the basics. layer up if you were outside. in some cases the houses feel like you are outside. >> some of the poor folks, you look at that destruction in rockaway, queens, where we just showed you. they have an opportunity to maybe go to a hotel or go stay with family members, but then there's looting and people are just raiding their homes and stealing from them. so you have people literally sitting outside of their destroyed home just to protect what is left. >> and that's a tough call. do you leave and stay warm or sit there and defend your turf? it's tough. so we just keep all of those folks in our thoughts and prayers for sure. we hope you will vote today. if you haven't decided whom to vote for, we might be able to help you out a little bit.
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coming up next, a look at the candidates' final pitches in less than two minutes. >> can you imagine if somebody still didn't know. >> there probably aren't two women happier or more nervous to see the day come. the candidates' wives, called their secret weapons. a look at why. you're watching "world news now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" brought to you by united health care. ee world ♪ in the free world ♪ only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, they pick up some of what medicare doesn't pay. and save you up to thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs. call today to request a free decision guide to help you better understand what medicare is all about. and which aarp medicare supplement plan works best for you. with these types of plans,
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we disagree on the air conditioner. that's a step for the country. well, the candidates had more than 5 hyundais to get their message to us, but some folks -- i don't know if i believe this or not -- say they're still undecided. >> i think they're just hardheaded. well, governor romney and president obama worked late last night trying to make sure they were heard a final time, and here's what they had to say. >> from the valleys of ohio to these iowa fields we will keep america moving forward. you brought your neighbors, and you made homemade signs. when we had call to make, teachers and nurses showed up after work, already bone tired but staying anyway late into the night. and you welcome me and michelle into your homes. and you picked us up when we needed a lift. and your faces gave me new hope for this country's future.
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and your stories filled me with resolve. those of you who haven't done this just for me but for each other. for a laid off family member, for a sick child, for a fallen friend. to all of you who have lived and breathed the hard work of change, i want to thank you. >> this is where i -- our campaign began. you got this campaign started a year and a half ago at the farm. [ applause ] and then your primary vote put me on the path to win the republican nomination. [ cheers and applause ] the only thing that stands between us and some of the best years we have ever imagined is lack of leadership. that's why we have elections. tomorrow is a moment to look into the future and imagine what we can do, to put the past four years behind us and start building a new future. you saw the differences when
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president obama and i were side by side in our debates. he says it has to be this way. i say it can't stay this way. tomorrow on november 6th we come together for a better future. and november 7th, we get to work. >> i've been so fascinated by this race. you look at both sides and you look at some of the numbers, and both men make a compelling case as to why they're going to win tonight. both men, both camps really think they're going to win. so one side, whenever we know the winner, is going to be beyond jubilant. one side is going to be gravely disappointed. they really both think they have a shot. they both have legitimate reasons to think they could win. obama has the electoral advantage, but romney is doing well amongst independent voters and doing well in states that obama won single-handedly last time around. so both have their reasons.
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>> the president doing really well with the early vote not as substantial lead in 2008. one thing they will both be doing well after this, sleeping. i can only imagine. your body just letting down and decompressing. >> i think you see it in their face, hear it in their hoarse voice. they have to be beyond exhausted. like they said, it's in the hands of the voters, in our hands. >> when we come back, we'll see what's going on in "the skinny"
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♪ skinny so skinny >> welcome back, everybody. kirstie alley dropping a little bit of a bombshell here. she has a new book that's coming out on november 13th called "the art of men." apparently she's coming clean about a past relationship saying that she had an intense emotional relationship, but not technically an affair with patrick swayze. that was the time they were working together back on a movie called "north and south" back in 1985. it was years ago. she was married at the time. so was he. patrick passed away a few years ago from pancreatic cancer. she said they never went down that road. a sexual relationship. she said i think what we did was worse. i think when you fall in love with someone when you're married, you jeopardize your
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marriage and their marriage. it's doubly bad. take a listen to her interview on "entertainment tonight." >> i could feel someone looking at me, but i didn't look. finally i leaned forward and it was patrick. he had a big smile on his face. i thought, do not go down this road. >> and so did you go down that road? >> yes. after patrick, i made a decision that i was not ever going to involve myself with anyone married. >> obviously patrick is no longer with us, can't defend himself. there's a book coming out, benefit to publicity. take it with a grain of salt. what an interesting thing to reveal. she said technically they didn't have an affair, an emotional thing. they fell in love. >> sometimes that emotional connection can be more powerful than anything else. >> very true. speaking of a connection
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that might not be anymore, derek hough and his dance partner, shawn johnson, u.s. gymnast ""dancing with the stars,"" may not be together the remainder of the season because he has an injury, a bulging disk on his vertebrae. >> a what? >> a bulging disk. a disk that is bulging. >> that's a problem. >> the disk that is bulging and it keeps getting bigger. he has had it for years. he need surgery on it. it flares up. and it did. basically immobilizes him when he dances. he was going to try to push through monday night. if you watched didn't happen. it looks like mark ballas will be stepping in for him for the remainder of the season. >> always tough when the disk bulges. >> it is. >> uh-huh. uh-huh. >> it's tough. all you literature fans out there, get ready. apparently britney spears signed on to write a novel for harper collins, loosely based on her life, not autobiography. based on her life there. >> page one. the end.
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♪ talking about freedom >> what are we talking about? >> freedom! >> knock. in the final weeks leading up to today, election day, first lady michelle obama and ann romney have higher approval ratings than their husbands. that's no surprise. >> no kidding. they're not the ones elected. that's a bogus number. exhausted and emotional, in the final hours, both relied heavily on the candidates' wives. abc's sharyn alfonsi reports on their workload. >> reporter: for michelle obama and ann romney, it is the end of a long grueling road. >> it's an emotional day for me because i wish i could tell you what i've learned. >> reporter: they've been there every step of the way from the photo-ops -- >> may i introduce to you.
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>> reporter: -- to the stump speeches. >> this is our time. >> reporter: -- to the conventions. >> michelle, i love you so much. what a lucky man i am. >> ann would have succeeded at anything she wanted to do. >> reporter: both women displaying equal parts charm. >> i love you so much. >> reporter: and steely endurance. >> we have been in so many of your communities. >> reporter: michelle obama's been a key fund raiser campaigning at 191 events. >> it sound like you are fired up and ready to go. >> reporter: ann romney a regular on the trail too. just this weekend appearing in five swing states, exhausted, an emotional time. >> that is amazing to walk in and have this kind of emotion come to us. it makes me believe we can win colorado. >> reporter: throughout the campaign both women have tried to show voters the other side of their husbands. >> ann, what does mitt wear to bed? >> the best answer is as little as possible. >> reporter: the first presidential debate was on your 20th wedding anniversary. >> go figure.
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>> and there's your wedding photo we're showing right now. the two of you look exactly the same. >> he is a lot more gray. >> michelle obama and ann romney have been praised for their wit, intelligence, and even their wise fashion choices. both also enjoy higher favorability ratings than their husband. and with many saying the race is too close to call, unfortunately for the campaigns, neither woman is on the ballot. sharyn alfonsi, abc news. >> maybe they'll get some write-in votes. >> anything could happen today, you know that. well, that is it for this half hour. we want to remind you to do the most important thing you can do today besides brushing your teeth. >> no matter what side you are on, folks, go out there, be heard and vote. we'll be back with more from abc ♪ freedom i will fight for the right to live in freedom ♪
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this morning on "world news now" -- decision day, "your voice, your vote," and choosing your president for the next four years. >> after the very long campaign, both candidates will be in their home states tonight to watch the returns roll in. it's tuesday, election day, november 6th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning. it is election day. if you haven't heard by now. i'm paula faris. >> and i'm rob nelson. we have reporters with both candidates, and we'll hear from them coming up in just a second. imagine the feeling must be like in the pit of their stomachs. all these months, all the money, you know what they must feel
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like. today is finally verdict day. >> relief. >> exhaustion. yeah. >> eating a couple tums, milk of magnesia. also this half hour, election day disruptions in the hurricane zone. officials in new york and new jersey race to find ways to help displaced victims of the storm get to the polls today. then the late-night comics score some last-minute laughs as the campaign comes to a close. we are going to hear some of the best lines a little later. i am going to miss that part. >> whoever wins still gets it from the late night. >> comedians taking aim. first, president obama will spend the election day at home in chicago. challenger mitt romney has a couple more campaign stops planned in key tossup states. >> fighting to the end. the very close contest has been a fight to the finish. heading into election day 2012. now all in the hands of the voters. we will go first to abc's karen travers in chicago. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob, good morning, paula. it has been a very long, and at times, very negative campaign. but last night both candidates delivered their final emotional sales pitch. in states that had a lot of sentimental value to them. this race is tight.
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it is going down to the wire. and campaign strategists on both sides say they have the winning formula. >> are you fired up? [ cheers and applause ] >> are you ready to go! >> reporter: this is it. one final whirlwind day on the campaign trail. >> one more day that leads to greatness. >> reporter: no state is more critical than ohio. the candidates were just ten miles apart in columbus. >> here's the thing, ohio. we know what change looks like. and what he's selling ain't it. >> reporter: the president got some megawatt star power on the trail with bruce springsteen and jay-z who took creative liberty with his own song, swapping out a curse word with a political statement. ♪ >> reporter: in wisconsin, the president showed a hint of nostalgia and acknowledged that no matter what happens, this is it, the last day on the trail in
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his final campaign. with a noticeably hoarse voice he asked for four more years. >> we know we have got more work to do. >> reporter: the president has the edge in ohio polls, but romney is not going down without a fight. >> we ask you to stay at it all the way until victory on tuesday night is clear. >> reporter: the race has been deadlocked for weeks. but the president opened up a slim lead in the abc news/"washington post" tracking poll. each campaign is now projecting confidence in the ground game in the battleground. >> they both believe it is all about turnout. >> reporter: president obama is here in chicago. his helicopter just flew over us a couple of minutes ago. we're right here south of soldier field. paula, i know you know exactly where we are here in chicago. the president will spend today in chicago doing about a dozen television interviews. he also has an election day tradition. he's going to play a game of basketball with close friends, a way to get out some energy and get out some of the nerves. today's going to be a long and stressful day as they wait for all the returns to come in.
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rob and paula, back to you. >> all right. karen travers live in chicago. i'll be there this weekend for the bears' game. hoping for a bears' victory. and mitt romney wrapped up his final rally of the day in new hampshire. he's going to vote a little later today in massachusetts. then back out on the campaign trail for some more stops in ohio and pennsylvania. two very critical states. for more on this now we are joined by abc's brandi hitt there in bean town. good morning, brandi. >> reporter: good morning, rob, paula. this is where mitt romney headquarters is set up where mitt hopes to hold a victory party later tonight. romney wrapped up his final day on the trail, rallying support in the big battleground states he need. -- he need for victory. florida, virginia, and the biggest state of all, ohio. >> i need your work. i need your help. i need your vote. >> ohio, florida, and virginia. he basically -- mitt romney has to basically go 3-3 in the
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states in order to win this race. >> reporter: he needs those states because this race is still so very close. >> we have come too far to turn back now. we have come too far to let our hearts grow faint. >> reporter: the latest abc news/"washington post" poll shows president obama up by 3 points nationally. while campaigning in virginia, the romneys made it clear they feel the white house is within reach. >> are we going to be neighbors soon? [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: romney ended his campaign swing in new hampshire with a big celebration that included a performance by kid rock. his campaign believes romney has the momentum and enthusiasm on his side in this race and will find out today when voters hit the polls. rob and paula? >> our thanks to brandi hitt for that report. overnight, another indication how very close the race could be. the results are in from tiny dixville notch, new hampshire. rob, i need a drum roll. and for the first time in the town's history, the vote was tide. five in favor of president obama. five in favor of mitt romney. hitting the polls at midnight
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has been a tradition for the town since 1948. >> if that's any indication of the day, folks, please send coffee to the studio. we're going to be here for a long time. >> and some coffee cake, please. >> officials in new york and new jersey are scrambling to make sure people displaced by hurricane sandy are able to cast their ballots today. make shift tents have been set up with portable polling booths. on top of that. free shuttle buses will carry new yorkers from damaged polling places to some alternate sites. new york governor andrew cuomo signed an order allowing people affected by sandy to vote at any polling location in the state. in new jersey, storm victims, meanwhile, will be allowed to vote electronically. applications for mail-in ballot submitted by e-mail or fax. and once approved, voters have until 8:00 p.m. to return the ballot, again, electronically. residents of hard-hit ocean county have been voting in droves since last friday.
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some polling sites without power are getting generators, and a me beal bus will be stopping by emergency shelters as well. >> just one of the many hurdles that a lot of folks in the northeast are facing right now. >> a lot of weird factors. and sandy threw a wrench in a lot of people's plans. can't blame folks from being distracted when your house is gone, no heat, no power. so it's going to be interesting. keep your eye -- speaking of problems, unrelated to the storm, keep your eye on ohio and florida, already some legal rumblings going on there in terms of voter i.d. and the voting machines themselves and extended or not extended hours. we hope that -- if it does turn into another legal mess like a few years ago, those two states will be ground zero. >> seeing, a third of the votes cast by early ballots. absentee ballots. 1.8 million cast in ohio as well. so this thing. >> up to 40% of the country could have already voted. before today.
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that's encouraging. good for democracy in general. encouraging. >> could come down to new hampshire's four electoral votes. or ohio's 18. florida's 29. >> or pennsylvania's 20. romney's now making a play for that. if he doesn't get ohio, pennsylvania could equalize it. it's have interesting, the math. >> going back to pennsylvania and ohio today. >> right. exactly. >> just when you thought he was done. >> underscores how important that is. >> that's going to bring us to the facebook question for this election day. >> we want to know when did you decide who you are voting for and did the final days of the season change your decision. long onto wnnfabs.com. let us know. weigh in online. >> i am going to go vote after the show. >> me too. with stay with abc news on air and online, throughout the day. maybe you and i can sing "kumbaya" when we vote. >> i doubt it. >> diane sawyer and george stephanopoulos will be in our times square election headquarters and our entire political team, does not in -- include me or paula will be out in force. and as the returns come in, we'll be bringing you the very, very latest.
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>> we'll be bringing them donuts and coffee. diane, can we get you anything else. all right. here's a look at your election da day weather, everybody. stormy in savannah, charleston, raleigh. this afternoon the storm moves up the coast, this evening, bringing rain and wind to the northeast. by tomorrow, all eyes on the nor'easter. showers a possibility in chicago, st. louis and minneapolis. >> now, the coldest air of the season pours into new england. boston barely breaking 40. omaha, kansas city, 50. los angeles, 86 down from the record high of yesterday. firefighters are finally making headway with a wildfire that forced a shutdown of a major highway between southern california and las vegas. santa ana winds spread the fire to both side of the interstate. 15, in fact, in cajun pass yesterday, backing up traffic in that area for hours. fire crews managed to keep the flame from spreading to nearby homes. and we'll lighten the mood
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here with what is no doubt one of our "favorite stories of the day." check out my saints. yes, indeed. boys in black and gold. particularly defensive back, patrick robinson. he returns an interception, 99 yards for a touchdown last night against the eagles there in the dome. >> drew brees threw two touchdown passes. the eagles are pretty much toast. i'll let rob do the best part. >> saints win. saints win. they beat philly, 28-13. who dat. not a stellar season for the saints. at this point, every win is at least, is -- a moral victory. >> all three of them. way to go. >> whatever. long way off to the playoffs. don't count them out yet. coming up next, we'll turn our attention to clean-up along the east coast. how some communities are making progression, and now worried it could all be wiped away. it's all coming up on "world news" now.
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♪ welcome back, everyone, e welcome back, everyone. the situation still dire this morning for so many folks impacted by hurricane sandy. many families still in the dark and the freezing cold. >> and the new worry is the nor'easter gathering now in the gulf, expected to make it up the east coast later this week. abc's linsey davis has more. >> reporter: newark kids went back to school, the big apple subways up and running, and those gas lines still long but getting shorter as the new supply makes its way to the battered storm zone.
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in the hard-hit rockaways, neighborhood jane moreno is at her breaking point. >> eight days. the mayor talks. the governor comes on the radio and says "the sun is out today." who cares? who cares if the sun is out today. get us the services that everybody need out here. we are desperate. >> reporter: after the storm, jane stayed behind with her elderly parents. the ambulance for her mother couldn't make it through the sand-clogged streets. >> i've resorted to putting on the gas jets on the stove. >> reporter: they are among the 1.4 million people still without power in the wake of hurricane sandy. 115,000 of them right here in new york city. with temperatures expected to dip below freezing, hypothermia is a real threat especially for the elderly and young children. sandy's death toll its at 106 people. 40 in new york city alone. and the cold brings fresh fear. >> nypd patrol officers would use loudspeakers to urge people to go where they can be warm.
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>> reporter: those shelters still have beds available. some rockaway residents like katie richardson i met last week aren't interested. >> it's our home. it's our home. would you leave our place and you don't know if they're going to loot? >> reporter: the city estimates that 10,000 people in battered buildings and homes will need emergency temporary housing. but for the morenos in the rockaways, the concern is more immediate. >> we're going to batten down the hatches and try. hopefully the nor'easter is not. what else can we do? >> i just pray that everything will be all right. what else can we do? >> linsey davis, abc news, the rockaways. everybody is praying for the -- for those folks up there. and the giving on abc yesterday did so well. raised between $12 million, $14 million for the red cross to help those folks out. again, that takes me back to the katrina days. if this plan goes through with the fema trailers, need for temporary housing, there was a big situation down in louisiana where they found out months after the storm that there was a
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formaldehyde contamination problem inside those fema trailers. so make sure as they segue into temporary housing, they take precautions and ask about what they're getting because a lot of problems and some lawsuits in new orleans after katrina. >> you heard the dilemma some of the folks are in. they've been asked to evacuate, leave, maybe go to a shelter, dry, dry land, but they don't want to leave their homes because of looting. >> yeah, people want to protect their property. can't tell somebody they can't. so, now to some lighter moments from our storm coverage. we know about the bromance between new jersey governor chris christie and president obama. there is word that christie found closure with a target of his unrequited love. >> the one, the only bruce springsteen. christie said yesterday he got a hug from the rock star at a recent benefit concert and was moved to tears. christie, he is a huge fan of springsteen who's a noted liberal.
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he goes to springsteen concerts all the time. >> oh, yes. springsteen traveling with the president. the president called christie from "air force one," and handed the phone to the boss. christie said great to talk with the president but better to speak with bruce. the governor said it is official. its official. they're now friends. >> all right. well, still to come, some of the lighter moments of the final day of campaign 2012. >> we'll be right back. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc statio
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well there is no shortage of late night laughs this election on. well, there's no shortage of late-night laughs this election season. >> we compiled some of the best moments from last night's comedic hosts on the election eve. let's take a listen. >> man, it is hard to believe just one more day until florida starts screwing up the election again. it's hard. can't believe it. and tomorrow night both presidential candidates will be with their loved ones. mitt romney will be at fox. president obama at msnbc.
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>> barack obama is the leader in shame-based campaigning. mitt has a handicap because given how many times he has flipped positions, he may not understand the concept of shame. let me break it down for you. the candidate who has more voters is going to win. >> remember. voting isn't just a right. it's also a couple of hours off from work tomorrow. >> this is not mitch romney's father's republican party. >> mitch romney, biden has been drinking robitusin. >> so this year all of the kenyans who came to run the marathon, they canceled it and thought they would stick around and campaign for obama because as a fellow kenyan -- so here's the run down. tomorrow's election day. wednesday will be the recount. december 18th the supreme court will give the election to mitt romney. that's the upcoming scheduling.
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>> have you seen the headliner yet? >> no. springsteen doesn't go on for another hour. dave matthews, katy perry rocked it. biden not so much. >> the republicans will pick up the senate. >> wow. >> i base that on years and years of experience. >> of being wrong! >> i wanted to congratulate you, you moderated the vice presidential debate between joe biden, and he didn't curse the whole time. and paul ryan who was very thirsty. >> he was. which i missed entirely. i never -- >> do you know why you missed that, martha? because you were moderating the debate. >> i want this over! >> all right. i think we all want this over by now. just so much, you see, nice to see comedians reflect how people think and talk in their living room, you know what i mean, outside the political analysis. thank you for all the laughs, guys. who knows there could be more in store in the next 24 hours. >> "the mix" is next. rs.
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all right. all right. so you know the typical tradition when you go out to a restaurant, tip the waitress, waiter 15% to 20%, right? >> always. >> this receipt, posted on readit, making the rounds and kind of sparking fury from waitresses and single moms. what it said, "single mom sorry." the bill was $138. the tip, nothing. "single mom, sorry." but she said, "thank you it was great." of course, invoking emotion. one poster said i'm sure $140 could have gotten you and your kids a week worth of groceries, you spend it on one meal for shame. another woman responded actually a blogger on, mommy website. she said it's completely possible that somebody wanted to be a jerk, blame it on single moms. she says, honestly the more i think about it, how anybody
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could do this to a waitress, it's likely this is an awful prank to make single moms look really, really bad. >> yeah, come on. >> how could you do that? >> $140 for a meal. you could afford, $28 tip. that seems a little crazy, you know what i mean. waiters and waitresses have very hard jobs and do not make a lot of money. >> they do. >> they do not make a lot of money. they live off those tips. come on. >> when i waitressed at red lobster, we were making $2 an hour. and everything on top of that was our salary. >> would you like some cheddar biscuits. >> give me some. >> i'll give you some. [ laughter ] >> biscuits. a quick study by tempur-pedic. this is before the election. they say half, 52% of americans plan to stay up past their normal bedtime to watch returns. 24% of americans will stay up three hours or more past their normal bedtime. i think we are in that category.
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on average, americans will stay up 1.6 hours later tonight to watch the returns come in tonight. i think once we get past all the partisan grab, people get into election night. there is just a genuine suspense this year. i think that's good. healthy. fun. >> regardless of who you vote for, let's do one thing together and let's vote. make sure you vote. put your shoes on, brush your teeth, take a shower, have breakfast. >> that's not necessary. just show up. if you don't vote, you have no right to say anything for the next four years no matter who wins. so with that, go vote. and enjoy this. ♪ he told you he would ♪ and it was good ♪ from sea to shining seabñ?xús?
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this morning on "world news now" -- after more than 500 f this morning on "world news now" -- after more than 500 days of campaigning, it all comes down to this. >> election day 2012. and by all measures, these two men still deadlocked. it is tuesday, november 6th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everybody. it is election day. and -- we don't know who's going to win, but we do know our names. i'm paula faris. >> good morning, everybody. happy election day. i'm rob nelson. we've been talking about this since '86, '87 -- >> since b.c., i believe. >> -- and here it is. a long, long road for president obama and governor romney. today it is officially your voice, your vote. all to determine the direction of this nation for the next four
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years. >> we will have complete coverage of the candidates' final push to the finish line, including one factor that will make this year different. we're talking about sandy's impact and how some new york voters will have to make due at any polling place they can find, but the restrictions were lifted, which is a good sign. we can go anywhere in the state that we need to, in the area. >> if you're in a county declared a disaster area, go to any polling site, relieving stress for folks. some polling sites were destroyed or powerless. made a lot of sense. the governor taking action. also this half hour, all eyes are on voters and not just from the candidates' camps. how some people need to be extra prepared when they hit the voting booth today. of what the experts say you should do to make sure you are able to actually cast your ballot. and a snapshot of the american electorate in one american neighborhood. how one community has agreed to disagree. >> peacefully so, which is good.
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>> peacefully so. and it's hard to peacefully disagree when you're talking politics. >> it is. it's been a very tight partisan race. >> it has. >> finally the verdict. >> this election day find voters heading to the polls to decide a presidential contest which remains a horse race to the end. >> in the last hours leading up to election day 2012, both candidates went state to state, rally after rally trying to finally seal the deal. we're going to go first to abc's karen travers in the windy city of chicago where we believe the president landed not too long ago. good morning to you, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, paula. both candidates have finished up their rallies. and both did it in states that have sentimental value. last night for president obama, it was iowa, and for mitt romney, it was new hampshire. rob and paula, i don't have to tell you this. this race is tight. it's going down to the wire.
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but up until late last night, both campaigns were saying they have the winning formula. >> are you fired up? [ cheers and applause ] >> are you ready to go? >> reporter: this is it, one final whirlwind day on the campaign trail. >> one more day that leads to greatness. >> reporter: no state is more critical than ohio. candidate were just ten miles apart in columbus. >> here's the thing, ohio. we know what change looks like. and what he is selling ain't it. >> reporter: the president has mega rock star power, bruce springsteen and jay-z who took creative liberty with his song, swapping out a curse word for a political statement. in wisconsin the president showed a hint of nostalgia and acknowledged that no matter what happens this is it, the last day on the trail in his final campaign. and with a noticeably hoarse voice, he asked for four more years.
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>> we know we've got more work to do. >> reporter: the president has the edge in ohio polls. but romney is not going down without a fight. >> we ask you to stay at it all the way until victory on tuesday night is clear. >> reporter: the race has been deadlocked for weeks, but the president opened up a slim lead in the tracking poll. each campaign is projecting confidence in their ground games in the battlegrounds. >> they both believe it's all about turnout. >> reporter: president obama will be back here in his hometown of chicago tonight, watching the election results come in. he is going to do a dozen television interviews. and, rob and paula, he has an election day tradition. he plays a game of basketball with some very good friends and former aides, and that sounds to me like a very good way to spend the time instead of waiting for the exit polls to come out. play a little basketball, get a little energy out, spend tomorrow night, tonight stressing about the returns. rob and paula, back to you.
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>> thank you, karen. sounds like a plan. play a little five-on-five. well, mitt romney casts his ballot later this morning in massachusetts. >> then romney returns to ohio and pennsylvania for election day rallies in those two very critical states. abc's brandi hitt from boston with more on the campaign. hi, brandi. >> reporter: good morning, rob and paula. the race for the white house has really come down to the wire, and mitt romney's campaign believes he has the momentum and enthusiasm that will lead to a win tonight. mitt romney wrapped up his final full day on the trail, racing through the battleground states he needs for victory. >> do you want four more years like the last four years? or do you want real change? >> reporter: the republican challenger held rallies in florida, virginia, and the biggest state of all, ohio. >> i need your work. i need your help. i need your votes. >> ohio, florida, and virginia. he basically -- mitt romney has to basically go three for three in those states in order to win the race. >> reporter: ohio is so
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important, both candidates held rallies in columbus, two hours apart. >> we have come too far to turn back now. we have come too far. >> reporter: but while campaigning in virginia, the romneys made it clear they feel the white house is within reach. >> are we going to be neighbors soon? >> reporter: what better way to end the matchup than on monday night football. >> are your hometown chicago bears good enough to win the super bowl?. >> yes, they are. >> reporter: with millions of voters hearing the candidates talk about the sports and their favorite team. >> do you have a favorite team. >> well, it's the new england patriots, and i take full responsibility for their two super bowl wins. >> reporter: this is a very close race. even though millions have cast early ballots. voter turnout today is critical. rob and paula? >> thank you, brandi. appreciate that.
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overnight, yet another indication of just how close this race really is. results are in from tiny dixville notch, new hampshire. for the first time in that town's history, the vote -- was tied. five in favor of the president. five in favor of governor romney. getting to the polls at midnight there has been a tradition for that town since 1948. the first results are in. look at that. for everyone to see. fol folks, it's going to be a long day. there's the first numerical proof. while the voters in dixville notch were early, they were far from the worst. a record number of americans, about 46 million cast ballots in early voting this year. that's more than one out of every three voters in our latest polling shows that president obama has a narrow three-point lead among those who voted early. but not all of the early balloting went smoothly. some waited for four hours to vote in the miami area yesterday
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after intern early balloting was extended following confusion and even chaos in some florida voting lines over the weekend. >> also some legal issues in ohio that we'll be following today as well. in other news, here in new york, sandy forced dozens of polling centers to shut down. but governor andrew cuomo cleared the way for voters affected by the storm to cast their ballots. portable voting booths turned up. and shuttle buses will be available to take voters to new polling locations if need be. but some residents are not even sure they'll show up. >> we don't have any electricity, any running water, any heat. so although i'm concerned about voting, i'm more concerned about surviving. >> understandable distraction there. election officials posting information for voters online, and many of those who need it most have no power and, therefore, no access to the information. it's good they made special provisions. they did that in new jersey.
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some people are going to fax and e-mail and the governor in new york clearing the way. if you still have no power, if you don't know where you're going to sleep, if you're freezing at night, i can't imagine the election is your priority now. >> the mayor trying to disseminate over twitter. they're not on twitter. they don't have access to receive messages. and if they have lost everything, you have to believe that as much -- as empowering as it is to vote, they've got some really crucial issues right now. . >> understandably so. >> and that brings us to our facebook question for this election day. >> we want to know when did you decide to whom you were voting for and did the final days of the campaign change your decision at all. log on to wnnfans.com. weigh in and let us know what is on your mind on this election day. >> stay with abc news on air and on line throughout the election day. >> diane sawyer and george stephanopoulos. the preview last night. looks great. what an amazing set they will have. our political team will be out
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in force. as the returns come in, we will bring you the very, very latest. could be a long night. >> straight from the big dogs in the new election set. looks great. >> exactly. we may not be on the air tomorrow night. still working that out. don't see us, don't worry. obviously special coverage tomorrow. we may be on, may not. we'll see you at some point tomorrow. >> the results will dictate that. >> indeed. now, the story that no one in the region worst affected by sandy wants to here. a classic nor'easter is driving north with the storm zone in its sight. >> so far no evacuations have been ordered, but that could change. for the forecast, we're joined by meteorologist jim dickey. good morning, jim. good morning. rob and paula. we're tracking the threat for a northeaster here that could arrive on the earn seaboard on wednesday. monday evening, thunderstorms in the gulf coast. hail, thunderstorms rolled across louisiana into texas. eastward. early morning hours. here today the story of low pressure will sort of get its
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act together. as it tracks through northern florida, steady rain, southeast. heavy thunderstorms. along coastal new england, northeast mid-atlantic coast. some coastal flooding especially at high tide. england snow. soaking rainfall, and strong, gusty winds. rob and paula, back to you. >> definitely not what a lot of folks out here want to hear. adding insult to injury. and there are more steps forward in the recover friday from sandy. the world trade center memorial site has reopened. damage from the storm taken care of. >> the federal government is making millions available to those who lost their homes, and the usda is sending a million pounds of food to the hard-hit region. and we're wrapping up our day of giving and disney, and the results have been widely successful. with the help of the viewers, we've raised more than $12 million for hurricane sandy relief. >> that's a great.
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♪ welcome back, everyone. yesterday we told you about democrats crying foul, accusing a group with the tea party of voter suppression. people are anxious on both side about every vote. >> watchdog groups will be out in full force today monitoring your vote. abc's pierre thomas reports. >> reporter: travis horn of tampa, florida, is angry. >> you served in the military, try to be a good citizen. and to get this letter, it's a
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little insulting. >> reporter: horn was one of republicans of 28 counties in florida who got the letter in the mail, questioning whether they were citizens. cheryl calvert got one too. >> it says there's a question on your eligibility to vote and if you don't provide certification or documentation in 15 days, you're going to be thrown off the rolls. >> reporter: the letter warned that voter fraud is a felony. the fbi launch aid voter intimidation investigation into a political dirty trick. in ohio and wisconsin, billboards like these started popping up in mainly minority communities. warning voter fraud is a felony. >> this billboard is nothing but a symbol of pure unadull rated voter suppression to target an african-american community. >> reporter: after the controversy exploded, the billboards came down, but the tensions remain.
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as the election approaches, the most likely legal battles will include access to the polls. of sunday florida voters became outraged when the polls were temporarily closed after they stood in line for hours. pierre thomas, abc news, new york. >> and we want to tell you what measures you can take to make sure your vote won't be called into question. >> let's take a listen to what abc's political contributor donna brazile had to say about this. >> it's important to remind every citizen they have the right to vote. standing in line as polls close. they may cast their ballot. bring voter registration card, i.d. if you have a utility bill, current utility bill, please bring that as well. >> that's a great advice. can't argue with that. and we'll be right back. >> you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" high speed internet at home on our newly expanded advanced digital network, a connection you can count on. introducing at&t u-verse high speed internet with more speed options, reliability and wi-fi hot spots than ever. go to our website below to get u-verse high speed internet for just 14.95 a month
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welcome back, everybody. sharon osbourne has never been shy about sharing the struggles of her life. this time it is no different. >> she has gone through a 13 hour double mastectomy for preventative reasons. and now linsey davis reports she is telling the world about the procedure. >> reporter: she was there for her son when he announced his battle with m.s. >> he's great. he's doing really, really good. and i want to thank everyone for all of their good will. love this. >> reporter: but now it's sharon osborne's turn to lean on her family, revealing to "hello" magazine that after discovering that she had the gene for breast canc cancer, she made a life-changing decision. quote, as soon as i found out i had the breast cancer gene, i thought the odds are not in my favor. i have had cancer before and i didn't want to live under that cloud. i decided to just take everything off and had a double mastectomy. ten years ago, osbourne beat colon cancer, an emotional battle she shared with barbara walters. >> were you afraid when you got the diagnosis that you were going to die?
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>> you're frightened. i mean the first thing was fear. my stomach was like in knots. i couldn't breathe. i was hysterical. and the first thing you think of, oh, my god, my kids, my kids, this can't be happening to me. >> reporter: now cancer-free and a new grandmother, osbourne says for me it wasn't a big decision it was a no-brainer. i didn't want to live the rest of my life with that shadow hanging over me. i want to be around for a long time. >> you know how much we love your mother. [ applause ] >> reporter: and at age 60, she is focusing on the future. it's not pity me, she says. it's a decision i made that got rid of this weight that i was carrying around. i just wanted to be able to live my life without fear all the time. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> so she had the cancer gene. it doesn't mean she will develop it. but a double mastectomy can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer by 90%.
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♪ let yourself be free ♪ freedom ♪ freedom ♪ freedom ♪ freedom sing it! >> that will get your blood going, a little aretha franklin on a tuesday, election day. well, there's no shortage of people with opinions, which candidate is better. log onto your facebook page. pitting friend against friend and neighbor and whole lot of neighbors. and neighborhood at odds at well. >> gets nasty. amy robach found a community in virginia facing off like a lot of us, but the difference here is they all still seem to get along. >> reporter: ryson drive is a street where neighbors share hugs, bake cookies for one another, and have friendly conversations, but they are sharply divided on one major
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issue who to vote for. there is sandra buckman for romney and kathleen for obama. it all started here when stephanie decided to put up her barack obama sign supporting the president. while her neighbors then countered, putting up signs of their own supporting romney/ryan, starting a bit of a sign war here in this neighborhood, and yet remarkably all of the neighbors here remain friendly. >> we all have the same families, we want a safe country, we want to work. >> reporter: but they don't see eye to eye on how to get there. >> we need to be able to disagree about positions and vote for whomever we want to and not take it personally. and that -- >> and that's where i really get mad with obama. he didn't cross the aisle. >> reporter: in this era of political instability, the neighbors on the drive have advice for washington. >> i think they need to see the humanity in others, and i think they need to focus on that instead of the politics >> should they start baking cookies for each other?
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>> i evangelize with cookies. >> reporter: food for thought. amy robach, abc news, mcclain, virginia. >> a battleground street in a battleground state. disagree without being disagreeable. >> send us some of the cookies. that is it for this half hour. but we do want to remind you to do the most important thing that you can do today. >> go vote! >> that's right. >> you're watching "world news now." ♪ @
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this morning on "world news now" -- this morning on "world news now" -- we, the people, decide today who will spend the next four years in the white house. >> after record early voting this campaign season, it all comes down to the voters who head to the polls today. it is tuesday, election day. finally it is november 6th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good election day morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and we're probably going to say good day after the election tomorrow and two days because this could drag out for a little bit. >> yes, it can. >> and i'm paula faris. this is it today as "your voice, your vote," as america elects a president. this half hour, a look at the all-important battle for the buckeye state. why o-h-i-o is so close and so crucial.
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>> and already some legal issues bubbling to the surface in the state as well. people keeping a very close eye on the state for a lot of reasons. >> right. >> on top of that, the key role, the candidates' wives have played all these long exhausting months on the campaign trail. a look at first lady michelle obama and ann romney, who hopes to call 1600 pennsylvania avenue home soon enough. she was at a rally in virginia yesterday. they had a line -- they gave a line along the lines of, are we going to be neighbors soon, and the crowd loved that. a cool line. it is d-day. first, president obama will spend this election day in chicago where he will watch the returns come in tonight. >> but before heading home he held one last campaign rally in iowa, the state that started it all for him four years ago. with his voice hoarse, appearing to wipe a tear from his eye, the president told a crowd of 20,000 in des moines that real progress has been made over these last four years, but there is more work to do. meanwhile, mitt romney wrapped up his final rally of the day before a crowd of 12,000
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in manchester, new hampshire, an unexpected battle ground state there. it was a sentimental journey since romney kicked off the campaign in the state and has been back almost 25 times this year. that's a lot of time and money for four electoral votes, but they're going for everybody. and we're going to hear from the candidates as we recap their closing arguments, but first we have said this all along for weeks now, and it is still true as voters head to the polls today. ohio is the battleground of all the battleground states. >> i think collectively the candidates have been there 83 times. >> ohio huft be so weary at this point. >> 2 million voters in the buckeye state have cast ballots. and as abc's ron claiborne reports, there's absolutely no guarantee that we're going to know the winner of ohio tonight. >> reporter: there were long lines on this final day of early voting. >> i just wanted to vote so much. >> reporter: in all an estimated 1.7 million people, about 30% of
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the expected turnout, will have cast their ballots in ohio before election day. but election day itself may not be the final word in this key battleground state. the outcome in ohio and just maybe the outcome of the presidential election might not be known for weeks. >> hello, ohio! >> reporter: both campaigns insist the scenario is a very long shot, but it could happen if the vote here is close enough. here's why. in this state, voters who apply for absentee ballots but show up at the polls or those who show up without proper identification have to cast what are called provisional ballots. these provisional ballots plus absentee ballots that arrive after election day in the mail cannot by law be counted until november 17th. >> if it's an extremely close race and there are that many outstanding ballots, it's possible that this race would not be decided until ten days after. >> reporter: and if that result is a quarter of one percent or less, about 14,000 votes, that
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triggers an automatic recount that would not begin until all of the votes are recounted. remember that 2000 nightmare? could ohio and the provisional ballots be in effect the hanging chad of 2012? >> it could be. the difference would be provisional ballots are nothing improper with the way the system is run. it's just how it's supposed to work. it just could happen if it's that close though. >> reporter: and if the presidency ends up riding on the outcome in ohio, certainly there will be legal challenges by both sides, which could push the resolution of the result here well into december. it's a long shot but not impossible. ron claiborne, abc news, columbus, ohio. nightmare scenario, ron. all right, thank you. well, the 2012 presidential election already made history with a record number of early voters. about 46 million americans, more than one out of every three voters, cast an early ballot this year. our latest polling shows president obama has a narrow three-point lead among those who voted before today.
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and, of course, there are also 33 senate races to be decided today in addition to the presidential race. among the highest profile races, the one in massachusetts between democrat elizabeth warren and incumbent republican scott brown. the two former governors are facing off in virginia. a democrat, tim kaine, taking on republican george allen. in missouri, claire mccaskill faces republican todd akin. the race, remember, gained national attention after akin's comments about rape and pregnancy. on top of that, several hot button social issues on the ballot for voters to decide. gay marriage is on the ballot in four states. maryland, maine, washington, and minnesota. immigration questions will be answered in several states as well including montana and maryland. and the potential legalization of marijuana will be decided in six states.
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those issues have not gotten too much attention, a lot more on the president and control of congress. most people expect, though, no matter who wins, congress will be divided. democrats expected to maintain the senate. republicans in the house. whoever becomes the president will have a divided congress to face. >> there have been many predictions that everything could virtually stay the same, which would mean we have spent $6 billion to stay the same. >> status quo. >> the facebook question for this election day, november 6th. >> we want to know when did you decide whom you're voting for? and do the final days of the campaign change your decision? just log onto wnnfans.com. weigh in, and let us know what's on your mind. >> and, of course, stay with abc news on air and online throughout the day. >> diane sawyer and george stephanopoulos will be in our times square election headquarters, a beautiful set they built down there. our political team will be out in force. and as the returns come in, of course, we will bring you the very latest.
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again, the plan is to kick it off at 7:00 p.m. eastern after the evening news, go until 2:00 a.m. that is all depending on the news and what is going on about 24 hours from right now. >> so you may or may not see us. we may look a little like diane sawyer and george stephanopoulos tomorrow night at this time. >> i wish we had their contracts. all right. now here's a look at the election day weather. storms will move into coastal florida, georgia, and the carolinas by afternoon. it will be dry in the northeast with increasing clouds around dinnertime. of course, all eyes on the nor'easter that could potentially hit tomorrow. also showers for seattle and portland. >> you're such a good weatherman, rob. >> thank you. >> los angeles cools down after record-setting heat yesterday. new york city, baltimore, 15 degrees colder than usual. honolulu and phoenix in the mid to upper 80s. and in the aftermath of sandy, the issue of long-term housing for victims has fast become the top priority. and in very few places is that more evident than in the hard-hit community of rockaway
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beach, queens. look at this. a helicopter flight over that neighborhood yesterday showed just how widespread that destruction truly is. it's heartbreaking. and the randomness of the damage is truly remarkable. >> reporter: you can see what was once a kitchen, and if you look inside those kitchen cabinets, all the plates and cups stacked up as if nothing happened here. it looks like this picture can't be real. and that's what strikes you when you look at these pictures. you look at them and say this couldn't possibly be real. >> yeah. more than 1.3 million homes and businesses across the storm zone still without power. now a full week after the storm hit, sandy is being blamed for 106 deaths in the u.s. now we have cold temperatures, plunging. we have folks on our own staff living in their homes without power. so they're just surviving now with blankets and trying to, you know, gather around one another to keep warm. >> dr. besser released tips if you think you are at risk for hypothermia. a genuine risk, particularly, if things can get holder.
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the best advice, if you can get to a warm shelter. do that. a hotel room if you can afford one. multiple layers of clothes. wear a hat inside. some of the basics. layer up if you were outside. in some cases the houses feel like you're outside. >> some of the poor folks, you look at that destruction in rockaway, queens, where we just showed you. they have an opportunity to maybe go to a hotel or go stay with family members, but then there's looting, and people are just raiding their homes and stealing from them. so you have people literally sitting outside of their destroyed home just to protect what is left. >> and that's a tough call. do you leave and stay warm or sit there and defend your turf? it's tough. so we just keep all of those folks in our thoughts and prayers for sure. and we do hope you will vote today, but if you haven't decided whom to vote for, we might be able to help you out a little bit. coming up next, a look at the candidates' final pitches in less than two minutes. >> can you imagine if somebody still doesn't know? and later, there probably aren't two women happier or more
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we disagree on the air conditioner. that's a step for this country. all right. well, the candidates had more than 5 hyundais to get their message to us, but some folks -- i don't know if i believe this or not -- say they're still undecided. >> i think they're just hardheaded. well, governor romney and president obama worked late last night trying to make sure they were heard a final time, and here's what they had to say. >> from the valleys of ohio to these iowa fields we will keep america moving forward. you brought your neighbors, and you made homemade signs. when we had calls to make, teachers and nurses showed up after work, already bone tired but staying anyway late into the night. and you welcome me and michelle into your homes. and you picked us up when we needed a lift. and your faces gave me new hope for this country's future.
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and your stories filled me with resolve. those of you who haven't done this just for me but for each other. for a laid off family member, for a sick child, for a fallen friend. to all of you who have lived and breathed the hard work of change, i want to thank you. >> this is where i -- our campaign began. you got this campaign started a year and a half ago at the farm. [ applause ] and then your primary vote put me on the path to win the republican nomination. [ cheers and applause ] the only thing that stands between us and some of the best years we've ever imagined is lack of leadership, and that's why we have elections. tomorrow's a moment to look into the future and imagine what we can do, to put the past four years behind us and start building a new future. you saw the differences when
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president obama and i were side by side in our debates. he says it has to be this way. i say it can't stay this way. tomorrow on november 6th we come together for a better future. and november 7th, we get to work. >> i've been so fascinated by this race. you look at both sides, and you look at some of the numbers, and both men make a compelling case as to why they're going to win tonight. both men, both camps really think they're going to win. so one side, whenever we know the winner, is going to be you know, beyond june land, and one side is going to be gravely disappointed because they really both think they have a shot. they both have legitimate reasons to think they could win. obama has the electoral advantage, but romney is doing well amongst independent voters and doing well in states that obama won single-handedly last time around. so they both have their reasons. >> the president doing really well with the early vote not as
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substantial lead in 2008. one thing they will both be doing well after this, sleeping. i can only imagine like your body just letting down and completely decompressing. >> i think you see it in their face, hear it in their hoarse voice. they have to be beyond exhausted. like they said, it's in the hands of the voters, in our hands. so when we come back, we'll see what's going on in "the skinny" this morning. >> it's all coming up on "world news now". stick around. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ skinny so skinny >> welcome back, everybody. kirstie alley dropping a little bit of a bombshell here. she has a new book that's coming out on november 13th called "the art of men." apparently she's coming clean about a past relationship saying that she had an intense emotional relationship, but not technically an affair with patrick swayze. that was the time they were working together back on a movie called "north and south" back in 1985. so years ago. she was married at the time. so was he. obviously patrick passed away a few years ago from pancreatic cancer. she said they never went down that road. a sexual relationship. she said, i think what we did was worse.
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i think when you fall in love with someone when you're married, you jeopardize your marriage and their marriage. it's doubly bad. take a listen to her interview on "entertainment tonight." >> i could feel someone looking at me, but i didn't look. finally i leaned forward and it was patrick. he had a big smile on his face. i thought, do not go down this road. >> and so did you go down that road? >> yes. after patrick, i made a decision that i was not ever going to involve myself with anyone married. >> obviously patrick is no longer with us, can't defend himself. she has a book coming out, so there's a benefit to publicity, so take it with a grain of sault, but what an interesting thing to reveal. she said technically they didn't have an affair, an emotional thing. they fell in love. >> sometimes that emotional connection can be more powerful than anything else. >> very true. all right.
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speaking of a connection that might not be anymore, derek hough and his dance partner, shawn johnson, u.s. gymnast, "dancing with the stars," may not be together the remainder of the season because he has an injury, a bulging disk on his vertebrae. >> a what? >> a bulging disk. a disk that is bulging. >> that's a problem. >> the disk that is bulging and it keeps getting bigger. he has had it for years. he need surgery on it. it flares up. and it did. basically immobilizes him when he dances. he was going to try to push through it monday night, but if you watch, it didn't happen. it looks like mark ballas will be stepping in for him for the remainder of the season. >> always tough when the disk bulges. >> it is. >> uh-huh. uh-huh. >> it's tough. all you literature fans out there, get ready. apparently britney spears signed on to write a novel for harper collins, loosely based on her
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♪ talking about freedom >> what are we talking about? >> freedom! >> okay. in the final weeks leading up to today, election day, first lady michelle obama and ann romney both have higher approval ratings than their husbands. no surprise. >> no kidding. they're not the ones elected. that's a bogus number. exhausted and emotional, in the final hours, both relied heavily on the candidates' wives. abc's sharyn alfonsi reports on their workload. >> reporter: for michelle obama and ann romney, it is the end of a long grueling road. >> it's an emotional day for me because i wish i could tell you what i've learned. >> reporter: they've been there every step of the way from the photo-ops -- >> may i introduce to you -- >> reporter: -- to the stump
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speeches -- >> this is our time. >> reporter: -- to the conventions. >> michelle, i love you so much. what a lucky man i am. >> ann would have succeeded at anything she wanted to do. >> reporter: both women displaying equal parts charm. >> i love you so much. >> reporter: and steely endurance. >> we've been in so many of your communities. >> reporter: michelle obama's been a key fund-raiser, campaigning at 191 events. >> it sounds like you're fired up and ready to go. >> reporter: ann romney a regular on the trail too. just this weekend appearing in five swing states, exhausted, an emotional time. >> that is amazing to walk in and have this kind of emotion come to us. it makes me believe we can win colorado. >> reporter: throughout the campaign both women have tried to show voters the other side of their husbands. >> ann, what does mitt wear to bed? >> i think the best answer is as little as possible. >> reporter: the first presidential debate was on your 20th wedding anniversary. >> go figure. >> and there's your wedding
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photo that we're showing right now, and the two of you look exactly the same. >> he's a lot more gray. >> reporter: michelle obama and ann romney have been praised for their wit, intelligence, and even their wise fashion choices. both also enjoy higher favorability ratings than their husband. and with many saying the race is too close to call, unfortunately for the campaigns, neither woman is on the ballot. sharyn alfonsi, abc news. >> maybe they'll get some write-in votes. >> anything could happen today, you know that. well, that is it for this half hour. we want to remind you to do the most important thing you can do today besides brushing your teeth. >> no matter what side you're on, folks, go out there, be heard, and vote. we'll be back with more from abc ♪ freedom i will fight for the right to live in freedom ♪ ♪ freedom i will fight for the right to live in freedom ♪
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